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Not all pizzas are created equal

Some delivered pies have a days worth of salt

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POSTED: March 10, 2013 4:30 p.m.
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Pizzas topped with just vegetables are thought to be healthier than their meat-laden cousins.

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It’s hard to resist on game day or a busy night — the temptation to pick up the phone and request that a fresh, piping-hot pizza be delivered straight to your door. Who doesn’t want to skip cooking and dishwashing? However, all of this ease and convenience is costing us big in calories, fat and sodium.
For example, just two slices of a large-size Pizza Hut’s supreme pan pizza adds up to a whopping 820 calories, 44 grams of fat (16 grams saturated) and a colossal amount of sodium at 1,820 milligrams. This much sodium is more than half the daily recommended value in just one meal. Many of us probably reach for more than just two slices of pizza, making the indulgence that much more unhealthy.
Instead of reaching for the phone for a quick meal on a busy night, try using simple ingredients to make your own homemade pizzas in 30 minutes or less. Plus, each family member can build their own mini-pizza, which kids love. This will make pizza night at your house an interactive event for the whole family.
I’ve included a recipe for my take on a healthier homemade version. This version cuts out more than 300 calories, 37.5 grams of fat and 971.5 milligrams of sodium. With increased protein, this pizza with fill you up better than the traditional variety.
Using Flat-Out brand whole-grain with flax flatbread as a pizza crust, you are swapping out the empty carbs of traditional pizza crust for whole grains, fiber and omega 3s.
For toppings, opt for fresh over canned to keep the sodium content as low as possible. Be sure to measure ingredients for each flatbread pizza carefully as the calories, fat and sodium in meats and cheese can add up quickly.

 

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